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Ram Dass tells here, for the first time, the full arc of his remarkable life.

Perhaps no other teacher has sparked the fires of as many spiritual seekers in the West as Ram Dass. If you've ever embraced the phrase “be here now”, practiced meditation or yoga, tried psychedelics, or supported anyone in a hospice, prison, or homeless center - then the story of Ram Dass is also part of your story.

From his birth in 1931 to his luminous later years, Ram Dass saw his life as just one incarnation of many. This memoir puts us in the passenger seat with the one-time Harvard psychologist and lifelong risk-taker Richard Alpert, who loved to take friends on wild rides on his Harley and test nearly every boundary - inner or outer - that came his way.

Here, Ram Dass shares his life’s odyssey in intimate detail: how he struggled with issues of self-identity and sexuality in his youth, pioneered psychedelic research, and opened the doorways to Eastern spiritual practices. In 1967 he trekked to India and met his guru, Neem Karoli Baba. He returned with a perspective on spirituality and psychology that changed millions.

Populated by a cast of luminaries ranging from Timothy Leary to Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, Allen Ginsberg to Sharon Salzberg, Aldous Huxley to Alan Watts - this intimate memoir chronicles the cultural and spiritual transformations Ram Dass experienced that resonate with us to this day, a journey from the mind to the heart, from the ego to the soul.

Before, after, and along these waypoints, listeners will encounter many other adventures and revelations - each ringing with the potential to awaken the universal, loving divine that links us to this beloved teacher and all of us to each other.

©2021 Ram Dass and Rameshwar Das (P)2021 Sounds True

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  • Austin
  • 29-01-21

A+

I really liked getting a more inside look at Ram Dass' life, I thought I had heard most of it but there is a lot in here. Rameshwar's voice carries Ram Dass' old age well, helps me think Ram Dass is reading to me.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-02-21

Amazing at every level

I can't tell you how much I enjoyed every minute of this recording. From the early life of Richard Alpert to him becoming Ram Dass to simply becoming a soul. There was so much of interest on every 'page'.

Looking forward to the sequel 😊

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  • ReBaRoNa
  • 23-02-21

Transformative! Amazing! Just LOVE!

The book is a true story telling of one of the most incredible yet ordinary person. So humble, so simple, so magical and spiritual! Love you, Ram Dass. I hope to see you sometime on the other side, together with Maharajji.

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  • Jana M Bauer
  • 17-02-21

Deeply contemplative

Love everyone. Thank you, Ram Dass, for the path of love you showed us. This memoir was deeply contemplative for me. I haven't read any other of Ram Dass's books but am so captured by his loving presence now that I will be, and have already discovered a plethora of rich resources at his website.

The narration takes you into the heart of these words. Sublime and superb.

At the finish, I found tears welling up. Tears of joy? Remberance? Love? So much to BE with.

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  • Korie
  • 13-02-21

Love

I absolutely loved this book! It definitely makes you feel closer to Ram Dass and Maharaj hi.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-02-21

An Inspiring Journey

Loved it. An elegantly told story of Ram Dass’ remarkable, complicated, transformational journey. I knew most of the stories but hearing them in such an expansive context made them feel more meaningful than ever. His love shines through.

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  • phi108
  • 04-02-21

A perfect book

The book is well written, engaging, and an incredible life story about one of the most influential spiritual figures of the last hundred years. I really enjoyed Rameshwar Das's narration. I found it so soothing, and I listened to this every night before bed. It was as if I was in the same room as Ramesh, and he was reading me my nightly bedtime story. But, most importantly, a strong thread of spiritual teachings run through this book, continually opening our heart wider and wider into the vast expanse of Love, culminating in a beautiful meditation on death at the end, unveiling the fullness of the Mystery Itself.

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  • nicole stout
  • 02-02-21

beautiful

a chance to connect deeply with Ram Daas and yourself, to walk home with him. home in the heart.

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  • Amy Leigh Smith
  • 01-02-21

Such a beautiful view of this journey.

I cried tears of joy more times than I can remember reading this book. Many thanks to all who made it possible.

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  • Aaron Montgomery
  • 28-01-21

get woke before you expire

the grasping of these concepts is mandatory.
only the time it takes you to learn them is elective.
the sooner the better for you and me and all which are one in the same.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-01-21

A glimpse into the life of a spiritual rockstar.

This is an absolutely incredible book.

I am so grateful.

Thank you so much, Ram Dass and Rameshwar Das.

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  • Marcus R.
  • 10-02-21

A must

Anyone with spiritual aspirations will find enrichment.

Love to Ram Dass and us all on the journey home.

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  • Hanuman Dass
  • 06-02-21

The story of one of the biggest hearts

Excellent journey through the life of Baba Ram Dass and beautifully read by Rameshwar Das.

Ram Ram Ram Ram.

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  • Cristina Iesescu
  • 24-01-21

Amazing !!!

I didn't want it to finish...
Extraordinary life, so much to learn from his example
What a beautiful Soul!

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  • Lochlan
  • 16-02-21

brilliant

a great telling of ram dass being stuck in playing ram dass. may he rest in peace

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  • LB1994
  • 09-02-21

Best spirituality book on audible!! 10/10

My top audible book to date, A must read!!!

Ram Dass lead the most amazing life. From start to finish he continues to inspire and shock you with his immense knowledge and profound impact he had around the world. From an acclaimed Harvard professor to a devoted teacher of spirituality and mind, this book is perfect for anyone beginning their own spiritual journey.

Do yourself a favor and take your time as it is a lot to digest, the whole book is thrilling and filled with very profound lessons that are directly relevant to your own life.

With this autobiography Ram Dass will continue to inspire countless generations, to expand their own consciousness, challenge the status quo and live life by their own rules. The simple theme throughout is to BE HERE NOW.